1850-1921
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February 15, 1850, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Woodlands Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Emma’s parents were John C. Churchman and Lydia Starr Churchman. When she was three years old, the family moved to a farm in Rahway, New Jersey, later to Burlington, New Jersey, then to Camden. She lived there for many years, moving to West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the late 19th Century. She was a fluent French scholar, and had a knowledge of several other languages. She began writing short stories at such an early age that it was said she was born with a pen in her hand. In 1884, she became a journalist, and worked for the Burlington, New Jersey, Daily Evening Reporter for some time. In 1885, at the request of the publisher of the Ladies’ Home Journal, she began a series of articles titled Scribbler’s Letters to Gustavus Adolphus. The next year she became associate editor of the journal, serving there four years. She regularly contributed sketches, short stories and articles on domestic topics to at least a dozen other periodicals, as well. Around 1895, she left the Ladies’ Home Journal and became associated with the Home Magazine in Washington, DC, and, after the death of her sister, with the monthly Leisure Hours in Philadelphia. Her works include:

  1. As Twilight Softly Falls